[NEW] Ratatat – Cream On Chrome

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RATATAT
CREAM ON CHROME

It’s hard to believe it’s been five whole years since we last heard any new material from Ratatat, but the wait is finally over. Returning with a brand new single ahead of their highly anticipated Coachella set later tonight, the Brooklyn duo pick up right where they left off with “Cream On Chrome”. The cut is presumably set to appear on their upcoming project due out on XL Recordings later this year, widely speculated to be titled LP5.  Check out the slick new track below, and make sure to catch a live stream of the band’s performance when they hit the stage in a few hours.

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[Indie Pop] Day Wave – Drag

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Drag

In the age of electronic music, many indie acts could struggle to appeal to the masses. Oakland-based musician Jackson Phillips a.k.a Day Wave once again proved otherwise with the release of “Drag”, a track that possesses an organic sound that is supported by the lo-fi vocals. The quick drums complement the clever guitar melodies, as the sustained vocals further bring out the uplifting vibe of the track. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself singing along to after a couple of listens.

With only three tracks under his belt, Day Wave showcases his ability to create music with endless mellow melodies. As he continues to put out hits after hits, we simply can’t wait for what’s next for the talented musician.

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Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail – The Sea at Night [TMN PREMIERE]

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Sometimes, two of the least expected things can come together and create something truly beautiful. That’s exactly what we’re staring down right now, as we gaze into the haunting, surreal collaboration that is Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail.

Coming from two different worlds, these two couldn’t be further apart musically. Ciaran is a young alt-folk singer from Aghagallon, who has racked up an impressive 11 million plays on Spotify and was recently picked as Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype.” Ryan Vail is a minimalistic electronic artist who has won the support of the blogosphere, garnering respect and adoration for his intricate use of synths and found sounds.

Combining their two talents, these two have created a cataclysmic combination of worlds with their mini-EP, Sea Legs. We’re fortunate enough to bring you one of them this morning, gleefully premiering “The Sea At Night” for your listening pleasure.

Cinematic? Yes. Haunting. You betcha. This song is an epic quest worthy of the most intense pieces of film or TV, casually transcending generations with their timeless sound. The classic instrumentation comes to life with subtle guitar work, radiating sections of strings, and a booming bassline, which is coupled with soft, atmospheric layering. Everything melts together in a state of pure bliss, leaving the listener pleasantly lost in this lush, vast soundscape.

‘Sea Legs’ is released via Quiet Arch on April 17th in Ireland and April 20th in the UK.

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The Sea at Night
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From Indian Lakes – Runner (Ansible Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Coming off a stellar album release back in October of 2014, Yosemite-based indie rockers From Indian Lakes are entering back into the blogosphere to help promote their upcoming tour. This time around, they’re bringing their sounds through the interpretations of a handful of remixers, one of which we’re premiering here today.

Formed by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey Vannucchi, this unique outfit has since expanded to include Justin Stanphill (guitar and vocals), Chris Kellogg (bass and vocals), Tohm Ifergan (drums), and Enrique Gutierrez (keys and vocals). Their sound glows with articulated intention, thoughtfully crafted from start to finish. “Runner” embodies that calculated style, boasting a calming instrumentals, percussion-style vocal hums, and vocals and lyrics that pleasantly call on associations of one of our all time favorites, Ben Gibbard.

With those vocals and minimal instrumentation, Ansible had a somewhat blank canvas to work with. Crafting a subdued, ambient, and luscious soundscape, we’re instantly taken away for a few brief minutes. Highlighting the calming ride is the accentuation of the original vocals, which effortlessly glide along the aforementioned production. It’s simply gorgeous and should quickly find it’s way into that playlist you have containing Bonobo, Tycho, and Emancipator.

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Runner (Ansible Remix)
From Indian Lakes
Runner

TOUR INFO:
4/9 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
4/10 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
4/11 Stanhope House Stanhope, NJ
4/12 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
4/14 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
4/15 The High Watt Nashville, TN
4/16 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
4/17 Backbooth Orlando, FL
4/18 Epic Problem Tampa, FL
4/21 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
4/22 Stubb’s Austin, TX
4/23 Club Dada Dallas, TX
4/24 The Spot El Paso, TX
4/25 The Works Albuquerque, NM
4/26 Nile Theatre Mesa, AZ
4/28 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
4/29 House of Blues San Diego, CA
5/1 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
5/2 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
5/3 Strummers Fresno, CA

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[Festival Preview] Lightning in a Bottle 2015 + Playlist

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Do you hear what we hear? It’s the sweet, sweet sound of festival season and it’s about time we get our eyes, ears, and minds ready for another year of sensational performances, overpriced beer, conflicting line-up times, and shower-less days to make us smell like regret the next morning. If you’re anything like us over here at TMN, then you understand just how important festival season is to us. Come on, who doesn’t love to spend hours upon hours of our weekends listening to some of the most talented artists from around the world while also connecting with like-minded individuals at the same exact time? Well, considering they’re not a wook…(please see THUMP article for more information on how to spot and avoid said wook).

With Coachella making it’s first pit stop this weekend and later this month, we can’t help but pack our bags a few weeks in advance because we’re prepared to take on this years Coachella head on. Clearly, we’re just really excited, but not because festival season is finally here, but because we just realized that we are 7 weeks shy of attending the latest and greatest gig, Lightning in a Bottle. Stationed out in the beautiful Bradley, California, LiB is back again and this time with loads of talent and entertainment that’ll rattle your bones and change your life all at the same time. We missed last years festivities and after listening to everyone and their mom (literally) tell us that LiB was the best thing to have ever happened to their lives, we can’t help but shed a million tears for not being present in the moment with some of the world’s most positive and uplifting people on this planet.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2015 Round #1)

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Change, oh change, oh change. It sure ain’t easy. You get yourself all settled in your comfort zone and then good ol’ change comes a knocking on your door. As hard as it may seem at the moment, we have to learn to embrace it as best as we can. And honestly, there will always be some things that remain the same. Like the Indie Dojo posted every Tuesday morning. If you need something to ground yourself until the dust of change finally settles, we’ll be there. We’ll be the cactus to your dusty desert if you will. Take that however you please.

The Landing
Then Comes The Wonder
Morning Harvey
Smith Street Swap Meet
Pocket Panda
Setting Sun
The Japanese House
Pools To Bathe In
Josh The Cat
Lets Start
Oh Sister
For The Dales
Dana Sipos
Portraits
The Lake Poets
Dead Horses
Jack R Reilly
My First Panic Attack
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[Event Recap] SXSW – The Highs and Lows of our Week in Austin, Texas

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Another SXSW is in the books, and as we look back with aching feet, muddy clothes wrapped in plastic bags, and a phone full of video clips and pictures, we’re slowly trying to process everything that went on during this intensely crazy week. It was one to be remembered, that’s for sure, providing ample amounts of “Only at SXSW” surprises, newly discovered artists, and, of course, plenty of BBQ.

In lieu of a lengthy, play-by-play recap of everything we experienced, we’re going to change it up and just cover some of the high and low lights. Our hopes are such that you will not only put some acts on your list for this upcoming year’s touring season, but also learn how to SXSW better and more effectively in the years to come.

THE HIGHS

Our dance card was admittedly jam packed, as you would expect from us. Since we don’t focus on a particular genre, our schedule often looked like a game of Tetris, numerous colored blocks stacking on top of each other quicker than we could anticipate. With that in mind, we tried to divide and conquer, leaving certain ninjas to review their favorite genres.

Mew: We’ve been waiting to see Mew for the better part of a decade. If you could peek into our all-time play count on Spotify, you would notice that “Am I Wry? No” has garnered an absurd amount of plays. Our adoration goes further back than Spotify days though, discovering this act long, long ago.

Their live set was absolutely flawless, with Jonas’ vocals echoing what we’ve heard through our headphones in so many walks around our college campus. It was truly one of those life-affirming shows, reminding us of exactly why we started doing this.

Satellites (Acoustic)

ELEL: This band of relative newcomers stole our hearts, and did so in one of the hardest venues to do so. We caught them in a small hall, that was less than forgiving acoustically. Their ability to overcome that, and still get a crowd of people to dance and smile was notable. “40 Watt” particularly shone bright, giving us a glimpse of their unique harmonic abilities. We can’t wait to catch them on tour, as we’re sure they’ll be bringing this seven-piece to every major city really soon.

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